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I Krush 
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Irina Krush
Number of games in database: 812
Years covered: 1996 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2477 (2467 rapid, 2370 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2502
Overall record: +271 -198 =249 (55.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      94 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (92) 
    E32 E39 E34 E38 E54
 Slav (41) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D17
 King's Indian (37) 
    E94 E73 E99 E92 E90
 Queen's Gambit Declined (30) 
    D31 D35 D36 D30 D37
 Queen's Pawn Game (27) 
    A41 A46 E10 E00 A40
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D85 D87 D70 D86 D97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (150) 
    B28 B63 B52 B23 B22
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (43) 
    D27 D20 D23 D26 D25
 Queen's Pawn Game (35) 
    A40 D02 A46 A45 E00
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (31) 
    B63 B67 B62 B60 B65
 King's Indian (19) 
    E60 E98 E90 E97 E92
 English, 1 c4 e5 (16) 
    A20 A28 A25 A22 A21
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Korchnoi vs I Krush, 2007 0-1
   O Zambrana vs I Krush, 2003 0-1
   I Krush vs K B Richardson, 2007 1-0
   I Krush vs Nakamura, 2001 1-0
   I Krush vs Akopian, 2007 1-0
   I Krush vs Shabalov, 2007 1-0
   I Krush vs Kosteniuk, 2008 1-0
   I Krush vs E Vicary, 2007 1-0
   I Krush vs Lenderman, 2010 1-0
   I Krush vs A Levina, 2003 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Canadian Open (2009)
   US Women's Championship (2007)
   USA Women Championship (2010)
   US Women's Championship (2008)
   US Championship (Women) (2012)
   US Championship (Women) (2011)
   US Chess Championships (Women) (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   Women's World Team Championship (2013)
   Corus (Group C) (2008)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Women's Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Krush! by larrewl
   2006 Montreal (group B) by gauer

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(born Dec-24-1983, 31 years old) Ukraine (citizen of United States of America)
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WGM; IM (2000); Grandmaster (2013); 5-time US women's champion (1998, 2007, 2010, 2012 & 2013).

Irina Krush ((Russian: Ирина Круш) was born in Odessa, Ukraine. She learned chess in 1989, the same year she and her family moved to Brooklyn in the United States. At age 12 she became a master and won the International Master title in 2000.


In 1998 she won the U.S. Women's Championship, becoming the youngest-ever holder of that title. The following year she tied for first place in the female section of the World Junior Championship. In 2007 she reclaimed the title of U.S. Women's Champion, and repeated that feat in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Krush has competed in a number of Women's World Championship events. In 2000, 2004 and 2006, she played in the Women's World Championship Knockout matches, making it to round two on all three occasions. She qualified for the 2008 event but was unable to participate. In the FIDE Knock-Out Women's World Championship (2012), and beat Singapore IM Li Ruofan and Swedish GM Pia Cramling in the early rounds before bowing out in the tiebreaker to the third round to WGM Huang Qian.

Standard Tournaments

Krush earned her first GM norm in 2001 by tying for first place at the Mayor's Cup International Tournament in New York City. She won her 2nd GM norm at the Women's World Team Championship (2013) and her 3rd GM norm (and requisite 2500 rating) at the Baku Open (2013).


In 1998, she lost a short match to John Fedorowicz by 1.5-2.5 (+0 -1 =3).

Team Events

<Olympiads> Krush played for the US team in 1998, and from 2002 to 2012 inclusive, playing either first or second board. She was second board for the silver-medal-winning US team at the 36th Olympiad, Women (2004) and board one for the bronze medal winning team at the Women's Olympiad (2008).

<World Team Championships> Krush played for the USA in the Yinzhou Cup Women World Teams (2009) and the Women's World Team Championship in 2013 (see above). Playing board 2 in the latter, she scored a silver and a gold medal, and won her 3rd GM norm, for her efforts on board two.

<National Leagues> Krush plays for the New York Knights in the U.S. Chess League and has played for Guildford ADC in the 4NCL.

Kasparov vs The World

Krush was part of the consultation team that included Etienne Bacrot, Elisabeth Paehtz and Florin Felecanin that made recommendations to the public in the Kasparov vs The World, 1999 game played over the internet. Garry Kasparov played the white pieces and The World, via the internet, voted on moves for the black pieces, guided by the recommendations of Krush and the others.


Pascal Charbonneau is her ex-husband.

Wikipedia article: Irina Krush; USCF bio:

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 812  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Y Dembo vs I Krush 1-030 1996 Wch U14 Disney GirlsB89 Sicilian
2. I Krush vs M Fierro  0-136 1996 New York OpenE92 King's Indian
3. I Krush vs Wang Yu 0-136 1996 Wch U14 GirlsA56 Benoni Defense
4. I Krush vs G Leite  1-031 1996 New York OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
5. I Krush vs L Khusnutdinova  1-033 1997 Wch U14 GirlsD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
6. Sherzer vs I Krush  1-043 1998 World opB56 Sicilian
7. Nakamura vs I Krush 1-062 1998 Cardoza US opB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
8. I Krush vs Browne  ½-½74 1999 Browne - Krush matchE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
9. E Perelshteyn vs I Krush  1-024 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B08 Pirc, Classical
10. I Krush vs A Schenk 1-058 1999 WCh U18 BoysE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
11. I Krush vs DeFirmian  ½-½29 1999 Koltanowski Team MatchE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
12. J Shahade vs I Krush 1-070 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
13. Browne vs I Krush 1-045 1999 Browne - Krush matchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. I Krush vs Zaremba  1-041 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. I Krush vs Browne  1-038 1999 Koltanowski Team MatchE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
16. I Krush vs G Braylovsky  1-052 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)A15 English
17. I Krush vs M Martinez  ½-½63 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
18. I Krush vs Browne  0-130 1999 Browne - Krush matchE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
19. V Bhat vs I Krush 1-051 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B23 Sicilian, Closed
20. I Krush vs Barsov  1-044 1999 Hampstead GM 5thE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
21. H Akopyan vs I Krush  0-140 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
22. Browne vs I Krush 1-047 1999 Browne - Krush matchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. I Krush vs D Schneider  1-065 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. Dzindzichashvili vs I Krush  ½-½55 1999 Koltanowski Team MatchA06 Reti Opening
25. I Krush vs D Zilberstein  1-044 1999 Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 812  PGN Download
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Nov-20-13  JustAnotherPatzer: Congrats on your final GM norm GM Krush. Been following your career since seeing you on a YouTube upload as a youngster with the great Karpov and GM Henley a few years ago. Would enjoy seeing you take on The World. That would be an excellent game.
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  waustad: <Illogic>Thanks for the link. The lectures I looked at are on the right level for me. I saw enough of what was coming to feel good about not being lost but got to see some ideas I hadn't really considered. By the way, Happy B'day GM Krush!
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  waustad: She's playing at the Reykjavik Open but isn't paired in the second round. She won her first round game, so she's there. Hopefully she's healthy so that isn't the reason she took a bye. There were a lot of people who weren't paired for the second round, probably more than I've seen at a tournament before, so I wonder what is going on.
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  cro777: After a dozen years with the IM title, Irina Krush becomes the first American woman to achieve the International Grandmaster title. In addition to being the youngest ever winner of the U.S. Women’s Championship (at age 14), a record she still holds, Irina was also the first (at age 16) American woman to earn the International Master title.

At the National Junior Congress 2014 (February 28 – March 2) Annie Wang (born 2002), took 12 and Under with a perfect 5-0 and earned her first Master rating. This makes her the youngest ever female master in the US, surpassing Irina Krush's previous record by over a year!

May-17-14  hellopolgar: wow, I was spot on, 4 years ago!!!

Irina Krush

<The skill-levels and ratings of Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih are strikingly similar, but looking at both of their notable games, I do think that a well-performing-Irina is a tad stronger than a well-performing-Anna.>

May-17-14  HeMateMe: Anna is raising a family now. There is a chance that she is spending less time on chess, and that is the difference.
May-20-14  weisyschwarz: How about an updated picture, please?
May-20-14  HeMateMe: Maybe Irina could submit one with a smile?
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <H#M> I gooogld that 4u your choice...
May-20-14  Dionyseus: Congratulations on your 6th US Women's Chess Championship Irina!
May-20-14  HeMateMe: I kind of like her with straight hair.


May-20-14  GumboGambit: < HeMateMe: Maybe Irina could submit one with a smile?>

You think thats bad? Try finding a pic of happy Anna Ushenina.

The profile pic of her winning an award could only provide a forced smirk.

She didnt even look happy after winning WC:

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Those photos of Ushenina were indeed unimpressive, though possibly an improvement over Condoleezza Rice and her constant expression of biting down on an object and holding it between her teeth.
May-21-14  weisyschwarz: <HeMateMe>, yeah, you mean like Abrahamyan's?
May-21-14  HeMateMe: Ana wasn't smiling during that match with Hou Yifan...
Jun-17-14  Edmontonchessclub: GM Krush's next tournament, competing against top GMs Wesley So and Vassily Ivanchuk, is featured here on Chessgames: 9th Edmonton International (2014)

The 9th Edmonton International starts this Saturday, June 21st.

Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: It was a strange tournament for Ms. Krush, drawing with Ivanchuk and So but losing to two lower rated players. It's hard for anybody to maintain the necessary level of concentration over a whole tournament.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <waustad> As I noted at the tournament page, the draw favoured Krush in the sense that she had White against all four 2600+ players, plus bottom marker Haessel, who was clearly out of his element in this event.
Jul-15-14  HeMateMe: This is a nice date photo, Irina and Pascal C.


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  whiteshark: My <Irina>
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: O Zambrana vs I Krush, 2003
Jan-08-15  Hand Of King: Irina Krush online blitz games here
Jan-27-15  ketchuplover: Good luck in Gibraltar and Sochi young lady :)
Jan-31-15  HeMateMe: This seems to be Irina doing commentary at 2015 Gibraltar for BBC 6, though her name is never mentioned. She appears in the list of links at the bottom of the screen, at the end of the 4 minute Sachdev video:


Mar-10-15  Moszkowski012273: Watching Irina kick some ass right now at the Marshall's annual "Bobby Fischer Memorial" blitz tournament.
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